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Paju book city studio M 2017

Different to Paju 1st Book City which was centering publishing and printing companies, Paju 2nd Book City is created with movie and media companies. Paju M Studio is planed for studio, office and dormitory for video special effects company. Book City has a rule that arrangement, material, type of open space and the other point of the building have to be a part of the city under the basic direction that buildings make scenery of the city by getting together.

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Yoonseul: Manridong Reflecting Seoul 2017

‘Yoonseul: Manridong Reflecting Seoul’ Project characterize location of Manridong in Seoul and develop its characteristic in the field of cultural geography. For this, we tried to embody the present and past of young cultural events covering art and commercial section based on SNS across Seoul after 2010 here and experiment to guess changing culture of Seoul in the future.

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Yoonseul: Manridong Reflecting Seoul 2017

Since Manridong public art project is not permanent installation, ‘Recoding’ which keep a record of temporary content is important. Also, recoding how this work and project change the environment of Manridong is one of the important parts of ‘Yoonseul’ project. Under the idea of “A Place is not completed thing but getting completed and it’s the result of processing and practicing”, we suggest PLACE MAKING which contains ART, ACTION, ARCHIVE in one circulation.

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Geumcheon Poly Park (SSing SSing SSing) 2016

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Roof Sentiment 2015

The front yard (madang, 마당) of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) Seoul face the Gyeongbokgung Palace which is very strong site-specific context. There are three layers superimposed on this front yard which used to belong to Jongchinbu (종친부, Office of the Royal Genealogy in Lee dynasty), now is the open public space of MMCA Seoul, and be a platform for Y.A.P in the summer season. These multi-layered placeness and time is a key issue of SoA’s practice.

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Geodesic Chair-Vault for the Interspace Dialogue 2013 Interspace Dialogue is a project to install a small-scale screening room for the experimental film festival Off and Free inside Seoul Museum of Art. Plastic parasol chair is one of typical temporary furniture especially to be used for outdoor big events (concert, performance, campaign, etc.) SoA rent 400 white plastic chairs and make a temporary theater inside the crystal room in the Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA). The temporary theater is designed to be geodesic chair-vault inside which people sit on the same plastic parasol chair and watch the experimental film of Marina Abramovic.

The theater made of only chairs provoke the question, ‘‘what is the theater?’ For the geodesic chair-vault, we invent new tectonics of stacking chairs converting the compressive force into tension force. We make a space in between below chair and upper chair due to tie a cable which is shorter than the length of chair leg. So we can control the stacking space. The existing details which are holes for drainage on the parasol chair and handle for moving on the backside of chair are used as the vault detail. Finally tensile forced vault construction using 400 pieces of plastic parasol chairs are made. After film festival done, these whole chairs be returned.

Society of Architecture (SoA) was founded in 2010 at Seoul. SoA is young architect group working on projects about environment construction in various size of scale based on analysis from the social condition of architecture and urbanism. Based on understanding about modern life, we are searching for new possibilities of architecture that can make it more enrich.

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The 6000m2 site has a 10m slope. In order to make active use of the inclined plane, a horizontal mass was inserted in the core. The horizontal mass consisting of a gallery café and a pool at the upper part serves as a stylobate for the cutting area.

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An atypical mass of six buildings was put on the stylobate linked to the gentle slope. The atypical mass with a motif of mysterious stone statues, Moai in Chilean Easter Island is remembered as a milestone of Mother Nature. The outer surface was painted in yellow with a stark contrast to the natural color while the inner atypical space was painted in homogeneous white to maximize the diffusion of light.

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The light that comes through the scuttle and the side slit window induces the volume of the space in various ways. The ground floor consisted of an open deck, a stand-alone swimming pool and a kitchen. The extended upper floor linked bathroom and bedroom so as to allow a visitor to look at the surrounding landscape.

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The space of Moai is a place to confess, which feels calm. It has a spacious ground in which people can assimilate with nature and walk along the light and sound of the universe and surrounding landscape.

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The Moai, located in Gapyeong, an hour and a half away from Seoul, provides workers running urban life with an opportunity to take a rest in the bosom of nature.

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The Moai is perceived as a milestone by people headed for the Arboretum and remains as a memorable objet. The mass of the Moai located changing its course little by little along the gentle slope is emphasized as a consistent form. It sends a more obvious message by repeating a mono-typical shape rather than a dispersed image of various planes or forms.

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Architect: Seung Min Koo Project team: studio KOOSSINO Location : 438-2, Henghyun-ri, Sangmyeon, Gapyeong, Gyungki, Korea Site area : 3258.00 sqm Building area : 594.49 sqm Gross floor area : 559.05 sqm Structure : Reinforced Concrete

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Architect seungmin koo graduated from Mokwon university in korea. After he had professional career at ARAM Square, open his Studio Koossino in 2000.

He is teaching architectural design and drawing in Bajae and Induk university at the moment. He is fascinating both architecture and drawing that interactive stimulation for each other, not just drawing itself but translation of architectural peculation. koossino published 6books include cubic croquis1,2(2008) and more recently photo essay MOAI (asymmetric holiday house).

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Koossino also has several solo exhibitions in Korea and Japan. he is combining architecture, exhibition and publishing with cubic croquis subject which indulge in a sustainable architectural value, build his own identity.

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Steel Grove is a modern translation of a traditional Korean house in terms of how exterior spaces are composed. The mainstream housing for Koreans are “the apartments”. More than 90 percent of Korean population lives in apartments or houses that resemble apartments.These functional living machines don’t have exterior spaces. Tradition Korean houses have various exterior spaces; front yard, backyard, taenmaru (narrow wooden porch running along the outside of a room), daecheongmaru (main porch).

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Each exterior spaces have different function to different rooms. Furthermore, some exterior spaces even have relations with the streets outside the fence. has various exterior spaces that resembles the characteristics of a traditional Korean house. Each exterior space relates with each other and has different function to individual rooms. When you open the main door, you enter an open roofed space, and that space is connected by an atrium to the dining room.

That atrium also relates to the front garden which is connected by the living room. The front garden is also related to the 2nd floor’s deck. While most of exterior spaces in are located in-side the house and function with-in the house, the south façade and the south garden, however, tries to relate, or to communicate, with the streets of the neighbourhood.

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In order to create privacy, one needs to close a façade. In order to create a relationship, one needs to open a façade. These two characters innately contradict each other. We came up with the idea of “Steel Grove” to solve the two contradicting qualities. After many studies, the “Steel Grove” was designed in the form of a stain-less steel pipe, which not only creates a sense of privacy, but also relates to the nature and the neighbourhood. The “Steel Grove” is made of 4 different types of stain-less steel pipe. It was produced after many sample productions in order to find the most stable balance.

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The “Steel Grove” not only solves the functional aspect of the house but also tries to create a new type of relation with the streets of the neighbourhood. When the sun is up, the “Steel Grove” stands out and acts as the façade. The direct sun light is delicately scattered by the “Steel Grove” when entering the room. When the sun is down, the lights from the rooms permeates through the “Steel Grove” generating a different façade from the daytime. The façade changes create a different environment for the street trough times of the day. By doing so we tried to give a relation-ship between the house and the neighbourhood.

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When we started to dig, we found a foundation for a wall from “Joseon Dynasty”. A “wall” symbolizes protection and implementation of the most advanced technology to maximize that function of protection. We tried to integrate the meaning of a “wall” in the designing process in terms of applying protection of the house from the everyday hazard and using the most advanced construction method we could find.

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Throughout our careers as an architect, we met one of the best concrete construction team and the most sophisticated metalsmith team in South Korea. We were privileged to know these teams to realize the details of the “Steel Grove”.

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Architects ar-Architects Location Gimhae-si, South Korea Architect in Charge Lee Joo Hyoung, Kang Shin Il Area 274.0 m2 Project Year 2017 Photographs Sergio Pirrone Manufacturers Hansgrohe, Moooi, Eagon Team Kim Dongwon

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